"They've all been good," said Francona. "I don't think people realize how extraordinary what we have going here is. You don't see this. I've been a lot of places. You don't see guys standing around the cage in a chair. You don't see guys on crutches trying to play. It doesn't happen. This is an extraordinary group right now. Sometimes I think that gets lost. It's amazing."
For Francona, it makes coming to work every day more enjoyable.
"It makes me love my job," Francona said. "It's not always very easy. [There are] some nights where you come in, like last night, with your heart broken. It's a good feeling. It's hard to explain. When you lose, it like, rips your heart out. You bounce back, and to do it with guys that you know care means a lot. The losses hurt more when teams care. But that's a good way to do it."